Raising Responsible Kids
You can start teaching responsibility to kids at the age of 2 years. With these ideas and tips they will learn and develop good habits and think for themselves.
You can start teaching responsibility to kids as young as 2 years of age. Not only will they enjoy it but they will also start developing good habits. Kids at this age love to feel that they are able to do things, watch your child’s eyes every time they learn to do something new, it will amaze you. Start with some of the following ideas and see how simple and fun it can be for both you and your child.
1. First of all, you should start by having storage areas assigned for everything in your child‘s bedroom. This will make their bedrooms safe and will avoid confusion for your child. There should be a place for everything and everything should have its own place.
2. Spend 10 minutes with your child before bedtime putting toys away. While putting the toys away don’t only show them where things go but tell them, for instance; dolly goes on the chair, car goes in toy box, picture book goes on shelve, etc. The next time you do it, you can start asking your child to tell you where each toy belong.
3. Get them their own small hamper for their dirty clothes. While taking off their clothes tell them and show them that this is for their clothes. This is their very own and nobody else’s. They will absolutely love the idea and will want to put the clothes in the hamper themselves.
4. Give them the responsibility to turn the television off when it’s time for dinner. Tell them they have to make sure that they turn it off and do not allow anyone to turn it on. You will be surprised at how they will remind you that you cannot watch television during dinner. Kids love to feel that they are old enough to do these things.
5. Especially for little girls, let them help you to fold laundry, allow them to fold a few of their own T-shirts, socks, etc. As a matter of fact if you get them their own tiny laundry basket they can carry their own laundry and will enjoy it very much.
6. After dinner allow your child to carry their plastic plate or cup to the sink and tell them it will be their responsibility to do this every time they have breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You will be surprised at how much children want to help and do these things, especially when they have their very own things.
Getting your child used to doing these kind of things will begin a good habit, it will be fun for both you and your child and will start your child on their way to becoming a responsible child. And always praise you child for his or her accomplishments.